Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Birthdays -
Happy birthday to Bugle correspondents, Angie and Sharon; and to Ballymore’s biggest choirboy, Larry Burke Hayes who had a mega party in the house organised by Carol.

Happy Birthday to Marie Browne of Liffey Court who has a 'big' birthday coming up shortly..........

Happy 21st Birthday wishes to Danny Gorman………..

And to Jason McDonald “Down Under” who celebrated the Big 30 on 28th October.
And twice as old as Jason was John McDonald who celebrated his 60th last month

To Martin and Frances Sargent (Bugle readers in Blessington) who had their 3rd baby boy Ryan, brother to Jack and Mark and to Tom & Helena (Murphy) Kelly on the birth of their son, Luke James, a little brother for Tara.
Another great grandson or Rita and Tom O' Rourke:congrats to parents Mairead and Eoghan on the birth of Conor and to grandparents Kay and Michael who are dead chuffed.....

And pictured is little Dara Maguire-Tipper. Born August 16th 2009 @ 2lb. Son of Maria Maguire and Jonathan Tipper. Brother for Sean. Grandson of Anne (nee Deegan) and John Tipper, Lacken.

Congratulations to Adrienne O' Keeffe and Greg Houghton on their engagement; to Nicola Rigney and Stephen Byrne who also got engaged.

Also to Monica and Tony MacNamara on celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. (Another great house party, I hear). Best wishes to you all.

Gerry’s feel good factor
You may remember last month I praised Gerry Stevens for his chirpiness and said he should be down cheering everybody up in the health centre….Well, I received a text message recently asking me what time Gerry was to be down at the clinic………I frantically looked through my mail thinking I had an appointment for Uncle Gerry when I realised it was Gaye, Mrs Stevens who sent the text. Well, ha, bloody ha…

Take a Bow, Bernadette!
On behalf of the Ballymore Eustace Dramatic Society we would like to extend our thanks and good wishes for the future to Bernadette Kearns. Bernadette moved to Ballymore eleven years ago. Since then she has been a key member of the Drama group and pivotal to the staging of many productions.

Not only has Bernadette directed many productions, including the recent performances of The Whiteheaded Boy and Blithe Spirit, she also acted in The Importance of Being Earnest and Dancing a Lughnasa. Bernadette has brought knowledge, creativity and above all vision to all plays in which she has been involved. Many a night she suffered severe indigestion or worse, starvation as she ran from the No 65 bus from work, straight to rehearsals.

Furthermore, she has often provided her own furniture, clothes and much loved house plants to the set of many a play! Her good humour, positivity and grace under pressure will be missed. Likewise, we are indebted to her for passing her professional training to a group of amateur enthusiasts! In the next few weeks, Bernadette will be moving to a new home in Dublin and although not a million miles away, we want to take this opportunity to say thanks for her major contribution to this long standing society.

We hope that Bernadette will NOT be a stranger and even consider coming back "on secondment" for a production or two. Until then (and quoting from Chicago, the musical) we would like to end by saying directly to Bernadette, “C'mon babe, why don't we paint the town and all that Jazz.”

In a display box, please:

Juvenile Finals Day Football
Saturday, 24th October 2-6pm games
in the GAA pitch followed by
Medals and Disco from 7- 9pm
In the Resource Centre

Juvenile Finals Day Hurling
Saturday 31st October 2-6pm games
in the GAA pitch

Juvenile Football Training will now take place
at 4pm on Saturday afternoons
from October 3rd onwards.
Juvenile Hurling training will now take place
at 5.30pm on Sunday afternoons
from 4th October onwards.

IN a display box please:

Oh yes, it is………..Well, not quite!

If you fancy yourself on stage with
The Bandhall Players
for another side splitting panto,

Practise will commence next month so
aspiring thespians, comedians, song and dance artistes,
Be sure to put your name down now.

€8,000 Bingo Jackpot
Bingo lovers should drop into the Resource Centre on Wednesday nights from 8.30pm where bingo master, Gus Kavanagh takes centre stage. There’s now €6,000 on offer for one jackpot and almost €2,000 for the second with all proceeds in aid of the Resource Centre.
In Reverse:
The Late Mona Nugent
Large attendance for the funeral of the late Mona Nugent, Briencan who died recently only months after the death of her son, Pat. A tough time for the Nugent family but once again, wonderful to see the support and friendship displayed by the late Mona’s neighbours and friends across the community.
Mona was one of the Ballymore’s best known characters and was renowned throughout her life for her dancing skills and was never shy about giving her opinion on local matters! In the late 1970s and ‘early’80s, the tradition of the “Brideog” was revived in Ballymore with Mona being one of the ‘front-runner’s along with the late Winnie Doonan and Charlie Clarke. In latter years, Mona and her son Pat never missed a senior citizen’s outing or party and was a regular at the weekly bingo in the Resource Centre.
Mona enjoyed relatively good health into her eighties but sadly, the last few years saw her health deteriorate with regular visits to Naas Hospital; at the time of her death, Mona was resident in St Vincent’s Nursing Home, Athy where she had many visitors and friends. Mona’s children and family always gave wonderful support and nursed her at home for as long as it was possible and practical.
Mona is pre-deceased by her husband Patrick and son Pat; she is survived by her daughters Betty and Sheila; sons Tom and Martin; sisters Patty and Rose, daughters-in-law and sons-in-law, brother-in-law; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and members of the extended family. The late Mona Nugent of Briencan – may she rest in peace, amen.

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